Under-18s in fundraising lotteries
The Nevada Gaming Commission has agreed to allow youths under the age of 18 to take part in fundraising lotteries, provided there are no cash prizes awarded to winners.
The vote to approve underage participation was unanimous
Commissioners decided to adopt amendments to regulations regarding charitable lotteries and games based on legislation passed in May. The vote to approve underage participation was unanimous.
A controversial issue
Allowing underage individuals to take part in lottery games was a controversial decision. During the initial drafting process, several organizations expressed concern that the regulation wording used would harm their youth conservation efforts.
Groups like Ducks Unlimited, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Nevada Bighorns Unlimited came forward. They feared a broad interpretation of the rules would stop young people from selling tickets for fundraising and restrict them from taking part in programs created by sponsoring organizations.
The organizations and the regulator reached a compromise, with the Nevada Gaming Commission deciding to only prohibit young people from taking part in charitable lottery events which advertised a cash prize.
The new regulations state that organizations must register to run a lottery. Information is also provided on how they should limit sales in Nevada and verify the non-participation of individuals who are 18 and under. Anyone under 21 will not be allowed to take part in charitable games events that feature poker, blackjack, or bingo games.
Representatives from the National Center for Responsible Gaming did not oppose the establishment of a minimum age limit for charitable lotteries. However, they advised the Nevada Gaming Commission to refrain from going lower than 18 over concerns of problem gambling.